Kummanam Rajasekharan files nomination papers

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on March 29, 2019

Kummanam Rajasekharan submits his nomination papers to District Collector KVasuki in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday   -  C_RATHEESH KUMAR

The BJP candidate for the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat Kummanam Rajasekharan, 66, filed income tax returns for the first time this year after declaring his income as Governor of Mizoram.

This was revealed in the affidavit filed along with the nomination papers here on Friday. Rajasekharan has ₹512 on hand and deposits of ₹1,05,212 with two branches of the erstwhile State Bank of Travancore. He quit the Governorship (May 2018 to March 2019) and was picked to contest against sitting Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

Rajasekharan owns ancestral property worth ₹10 lakh. Out of the ₹31,83,871 received as salary as Governor, Rajasekharan donated the entire proceeds, save the amount declared in bank deposits, to voluntary organisations.

He has been named in two cases involving unauthorised public gatherings registered at the Cantonment Police Station here. On Friday, he filed a single set of papers, countersigned by Goshala Vishnu Vasudevan, a former high priest of the Sabarimala temple.

The chief trustee of the Harivarasanam Charitable Trust, Balamaniamma, paid the security deposit of ₹25,000 for Rajasekharan. The papers were filed at noon before K Vasuki, Thiruvananthapuram Collector and District Election Officer.

Earlier, Rajasekharan was escorted by hundreds of two-wheeler riders to the Collectorate. BJP State unit President PS Sreedharan Pillai, among others, were present.

Published on March 29, 2019

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